Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Robson Rocha and Jesus Merino
Inks by David Henriques and Vicente Cifuentes
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Black Manta is ready to take his revenge on Arthur and he’s going to start with Amnesty Bay.
Manta has made land fall and his new gift from Lex Luthor is ready to make its debut. Arthur moves in along with Aqualad and even Mera, but Manta’s focus seems to be on the town itself.
Leaving a path of destruction in his wake, Manta moves deeper into the town with Arthur in hot pursuit. When Manta springs the trap he set for the hero, both a pregnant Mera and Manta’s son move in, but the villain dismisses them both until he runs into someone new with a giant trick up his sleeves.
The Story: Full of action and adventure, Kelly Sue DeConnick offers readers an exciting chapter in Aquaman’s story while also fleshing out the back story of Arthur’s most relentless foe. I loved all of the moments between Manta and his father. All of those scenes add dimension to the character and showcase his motivations. Manta’s plan is well executed and the AI is an impressive touch both thematically and in service of the narrative. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
The Art: Rocha and Merino deliver some beautiful art in this issue. The characters look amazing and are full of expressive detail. The action is big and fun to look at. A great looking issue.